The Tea Party of Tennessee wants to remove from history textbooks any incidents of slavery and genocide linked to the founders of the U.S. for fear those references would tarnish the image of the Founding Fathers.
Members of Tennessee tea parties presented state legislators with five priorities for action Wednesday January 11, including “rejecting” the federal health reform act, establishing an elected “chief litigator” for the state and “educating students the truth about America.”
What Do They Mean By This?
Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
That would include, the documents say, that “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
Demand To Remove All References To Slavery Or Genocide
In other words, the request is to remove all references to slavery or genocide from American history textbooks, so as not to besmirch the reputation and standing of the Founding Fathers.
Maybe I’m realizing this for the first time because I pay far more attention to politics now, but I really feel like the American political landscape is no longer reliant on the facts. Rather, political parties, candidates, etc, rely on sensationalism to gain support.
The fact that the sensationalism, and often blatant lies, are eaten up by so many people (ie. Tea Party supporters) is incredibly scary.
I really hope our generation can stop that trend of dumbing down. It’s really sad that we’re viewed as an apathetic group. Let’s be the generation that, in our disillusionment of the current establishment, is able to bring about actual change in our political system. Let’s change the perception that we are apathetic, and prove that we are an intelligent youth that will make a significant mark in our country’s history.